Aurality

Chapter

Abstract

This book begins with an exploration of aurality as a critical and philosophical concept. Contemporary theories of aurality frequently focus on the social, cultural and political field of sound, in response to what has been perceived as a historical and philosophical dearth. Therefore, this chapter offers an overview of the absence and emergence of aurality in historical and contemporary philosophical discourse; including, ocularcentrism and sonophobia, the sensory divide, definitions of sound, myths of aural-ity, and the cleaving of aura and aura-lity. This chapter also considers some of the significant alternatives to visual dominance, theories that refute ocularcentrism and suggest forms of engagement in sound, such as modernist auditory subjectivities and listener-function, which are not necessarily historically or philosophically absent. Contemporary theories also capture the alterity of aurality, its transgressive capacities and political potential, and these critical qualities of aurality are exemplified by the theories and philosophies drawn on in this book.

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  1. 1.Royal Central School of Speech and DramaLondonUK

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